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Self-Defense Tip 40 A Nightmare, or Why You Ought to Think Like a Commander

0share On a night burglary and on martial arts and combat sports vs. self-defense mind-set and thinking like a commander Quite a while ago, one of the Stadion Forum members wrote about his experience with night burglars that had him questioning his martial arts training (he practices Wu Shu). So, first I give you the …

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Self-Defense Tip 30 Effectiveness of Various Combat Sports and Martial Arts

0share Question: I was reading your remarks on the knockdown karate and it’s effectiveness. Do you consider “Olympic” or WTF TaeKwonDo a form of knockdown Karate on par with Enshin, Kyokushin or San Da? I am not trying to start a controversy, I am only interested in your opinion. I have bought several of your …

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Self-Defense Tip 29 Learning Fighting Skills: Techniques, Tactics, and Drills

0share Demonstrating fighting skills is not enough for teaching the right way to learn and practice them Most self-defense books and videos, and even many seminars and classes, demonstrate fighting techniques and tactics (set-ups) but not the methods or drills for learning them. Few people realize that repeating a technique many times is not always …

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Self-Defense Tip 23 Individualization of Self-Defense Instruction

0share Why some fighters prefer defense and others counterattack or attack, and how to fit instruction and training to various personality types This self-defense tip deals with individualization of instruction. A competent instructor, preferable with university-level training in physical education and sports training, will make exercises “flow” during workouts, will know which games and drills …

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Self-Defense Tip 22 Selecting a Gym or a Martial Arts School, Part II

0share Check workouts for safety, effective instruction, sound methods of developing fitness, a smooth flow of exercises, with each subsequent exercise building upon the previous one In this self-defense tip I continue the subject of selecting a gym or a martial arts school and instructor. The previous tip dealt mainly with the material factors that …

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Self-Defense Tip 21 Selecting a Gym or a Martial Arts School, Part I

0share Is the instructor competent, training area and its surface safe, showers clean, little children and grown-ups do not mix in one group? This tip will deal with selecting a gym or a martial arts school. The first concern is what precautions are made against injuries, whether sudden or gradual-onset. Ask the instructor if he …

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Self-Defense Tip 19 Freezing Up When Physically Threatened

0share Can mental toughness training prevent a freeze response in a street fight? Mental toughness is more important in self-defense than in sports. The price of “freezing up” is much higher outside the competitive arena than inside it. Here are two questions from martial artists on mental toughness training and the answer from Dariusz Nowicki, …

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Self-Defense Tip 18 Non-Contact Systems vs. Knock-Down Systems

0share Striking martial arts (karate, kempo, kung-fu, etc.) — non-contact vs. knock-down (popularly called “full-contact”) I just read an article — “The Night I Met Bruce Lee” by Chuck Sullivan in Blitz, October 1999 (vol. 13, no. 10, p. 38) — reporting an argument between Chuck Sullivan (9th dan Kenpo) and Ed Parker (Grandmaster of …

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